Edward and Hilda Routh : a Victorian Valentine

In late 2019, the Ward Library was contacted by sisters, Nicole Swengley and Kristian Perry, asking if we would be interested in receiving three largely-handwritten music books, dating from the 1860s onwards, that had belonged to their great-grandmother, Hilda Routh, (née Airy). The books offered a fascinating insight into Hilda’s interests and, after meeting with... Continue Reading →

Down to earth: Fred Hardy (1889-1977) – Peterhouse’s pioneering soil scientist

Though not one of the more prominent United Nation’s annual observances, since 2014 the fifth of December has marked the day on which the world comes together to recognise the “importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources” (https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-soil-day). December thus seems an opportune moment to reflect on a... Continue Reading →

Thomas Gray : an anniversary exhibition

Ward Library, Peterhouse. 8 November to 13 December 2021 Curated by Scott Mandelbrote This exhibition considers Gray’s life and work from the perspective of the holdings of the two Cambridge Colleges with which he was associated from 1734, when he entered Peterhouse, until his death, which occurred shortly after he was taken ill at dinner... Continue Reading →

Puccinelli bronzes

In summer 2018, we installed three bronzes in the Ward Library by the American-Italian sculptor Raimondo Puccinelli (1904-1986; for further details, see his autobiography: https://www.deutsches-tanzarchiv.de/archiv/nachlaesse-sammlungen/p/raymond-raimondo-puccinelli/fragmentarischer-autobiographischer-text). The bronzes were donated by Hans-Jörg Modlmayr (Pet. m.1964) and Hildegard Modlmayr-Heimath, who had earlier donated three larger bronzes by Puccinelli which now stand in the Scholars' Garden. The bronzes... Continue Reading →

Independence day

At the end of January, the United Kingdom left the European Union. To mark this event, the Ward Library has been supplementing its collection of the writings of Mark Fitzgeorge-Parker (1954-2014), a Petrean who reinvented himself as the racing novelist ‘Mark Daniel’. ‘A sensualist… and compulsive writer, cook, scholar and lover’, Mark wrote ’37 published... Continue Reading →

Sophia Carteret’s History of England

On 30 May 1758 a twelve-year-old girl sat down with her grandmother to embark on an Educational Exercise: composing an ‘extract’ of the English portion of Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, probably the second edition of 1587 a copy of which survives in the library where they were staying, which was Windsor Castle.... Continue Reading →

A Useful Pot to keep things in

Pooh, notoriously, ate the honey in the pot.  Archivists and librarians also take things out of pots, but the literature so far surveyed records no incidence of their consuming the contents.  They remove the contents of pots, rather, for their better conservation.  The pots, however, are not uninteresting, and far too often they have been... Continue Reading →

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